UPDATE: The Wolfe have now made CBC Searchlight's top four. They will travel this weekend to Toronto where they'll be part of a televised music festival, and find out if they won the grand prize.
The winner will get the opportunity to record a song for Canada's 150th birthday.
A Prince Albert band has been recognized as one the best new musical groups in the country.
The Wolfe, made up of Grade 12 students Gabrielle Giroux, Tesa Thompson and Siobhan Bayda, has made CBC Searchlight's top 25 list.
Giroux said it was two years ago when they first applied to the competition to help get the band some exposure. She said when the contest came up again this year, with a new video component added, the group jumped at the opportunity.
“The minute submissions opened I uploaded the video [for "Dumb Dog"] and I was like ‘we got this, we’re ready,’” Giroux said.
Out of the five songs on the group's EP, "Dumb Dog" was the song the girls got the most positive feedback on.
The song was written by Bayda around the line, “I’m just a mutt who knows the tricks.” The song talks about women in the music scene, and how all-girl groups are treated.
“We know what we’re doing. We’ve been doing this for five years and we’ve learned a lot. We’re at a point where we can walk confidently into a show and we expect the same respect a male band would get because we don’t [always] get that,” Giroux said.
Thompson said it felt amazing when they received the call they made the top 25 list.
“We were in the middle of our practice and Gabby just checked her phone, and all she could see on her notification was ‘Congratulation’s The Wolfe,’ … we literally screamed and [started] jumping. It was so exciting,” Thompson said.
The Wolfe will find out this weekend if they’ve made it to the top four. These bands will earn a trip to Toronto to take part in the CBC Music Festival. First place will then be tasked with creating an original song for Canada’s 150 birthday along with other prizes like new equipment.
“We might be going to Toronto next weekend, it’s crazy,” Thompson said.
The Wolfe is currently working on their new album and plan to start recording this spring. They also plan on touring western Canada this summer and would like to take the band to Europe to perform.
The Wolfe will be playing the Underground Café in Saskatoon on March 28 at 6 p.m.
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